Logging trucks? It’s for future Lake Mac

Tue, 05/06/2008 - 4:15pm
By: John Munford

If you’ve happened to spot a logging truck headed into or out of the current dead-end of TDK Boulevard towards Planterra Ridge golf course, don’t worry. The dormant TDK Extension project into Coweta County hasn’t been revived.

Instead it’s progress on a project of significant scale: the Lake McIntosh reservoir.

The trucks are going back there occasionally to harvest marketable timber that will be taken down before the remainder of the trees are cleared at a later date, said Tony Parrott, director of the Fayette County Water System.

The logging operation will not be continuous as the company doing the work doesn’t want to flood the market, so it will remain gradual, Parrott said.

The next step toward construction is getting the construction plans approved by the Georgia Safe Dams agency, Parrott said. All told, the construction process will take about three and a half years from the beginning until the lake is at its full level, Parrott added.

The reservoir will provide enough water to support more than 56,000 additional Fayette residents, according to county data. The county has a capacity of producing 20.3 million gallons a day on its own to support a population of up to 142,960, meaning that the addition of Lake McIntosh will support more than 200,000 people living in Fayette.

The project has been under discussion since at least the mid-1970s and the county already has purchased all necessary land in conjunction with the project.

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Submitted by mcg on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 8:03am.

I am glad that we are going to be building Lake McIntosh, but why should we use the water from this future reservoir to support more than 56,000 additional residents? Why don't we slow residential growth so that we have enough water for the residents who are already here? I haven't been able to water my lawn or wash my car for nearly a year. Our school system certainly doesn't need the burden of additional students, our roads don't need to be any more crowded than they already are, and we have hundreds of homes already for sale here. My family moved here in 1977, and although I welcome some of the changes that have been made in the name of progress, I don't think we need to develop every square inch of land in Fayette County.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 8:35am.

Lake Mac will water the huge East Coweta developments, too. Just wait. And we pay for it. We have so many developers in Fayette that have now set up shop in East Coweta that you will see a slow creep Fayette Tax Support for overdevelopment in Coweta. We get the traffic, the crime, the burden on recreation and services and now we get to pay for their water too. Yeah, its been talked about for 20 years--- by the developers. When you have a Fayette County Commissioner that has invested in 38 acres in East Coweta you should be concerned.

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